An Approach to Comping: The Essentials

An Approach to Comping: The Essentials

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Jeb Patton


Piano book


All Levels


This new book focuses on how to play (or “comp”) behind a jazz soloist. It is a step-by-step guide to basic comping rhythms, voicings, and progressions — as played by the masters!

Topics Covered Include:

  • Basic rhythms and voicings for comping.
  • 11 note-for-note transcriptions of Bud Powell, Horace Silver, Tadd Dameron, and Barry Harris comping behind the soloist.
  • 3 modified transcriptions in the style of Red Garland, Sonny Clark, and Bobby Timmons comping behind the soloist.
  • Comping guides, rhythms, and progressions derived from the transcriptions.
  • Over 80 comping exercises aimed at getting the concepts under your fingers.
  • 2 CD downloads containing demonstrations and play-along tracks.
  • Interviews about the art of comping by Harold Mabern and Renee Rosnes.
  • 272 pages!